When I found out I was pregnant with my second, I dived in to Pinterest and Instagram and fished out these beautiful pictures of women in their gorgeous flowy dresses, with their hair flying in the wind and their pregnancy glow shining through their hopeful eyes. I was determined to document every step of my last pregnancy, you see when I was pregnant with my first, almost 7 years ago, pregnancy pictures were not that big of a thing. Also I did not know how to take good pictures so I have just one phone snapshot from that time. But this time, it was going to be different!
And then the reality hit! I was nauseated and sick and tired and drained out of energy. Getting out of the bed was a struggle. I spent most evenings curled up on my couch, sucking on pregnancy-pops and binge watching netflix. Picking up my camera was not even on my to-do list. Obviously all the plans of getting those Pinterest worthy pictures took a back burner and stayed there for all 9 months.
When I was nearing my third trimester, I realized, I don't need fancy pictures in picturesque locations to document this miracle of life. I was here, my baby was here and that was all that was needed. So I documented my pregnancy, the messy, the beautiful, the hopeful and the tired one, in and around my home. And I am so glad I did and these lifestyle pregnancy pictures are Me, it's my most authentic and real self and I wouldn't want to remember myself and our lives at the time in any other way.
Now I know there are people out there who have comparatively easier pregnancies and this beautiful pregnancy glow and they are full of energy and enthusiasm. But if that's not you, you still deserve to have your pregnancy documented. Because a few years from now, you won't care about the makeup you did not put or the hair you did not blow dry, all you would want is to live that moment again when you had a life living inside of you. Your miracle of life, your bundle of joy! So get in the frame and take that picture!